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Author Guidelines

for the elaboration of the papers for
Print ISSN 0255-965X; Electronic ISSN 1842-4309
(see 'Model' - Submission Preparation Checklist)

Important: Authors must provide a COVER LETTER, which will be inserted as the first page of manuscript, including:

  • details of all the authors (first name, last name, affiliation and email) and the corresponding author must be indicated;
  • name and contact details (affiliations, emails) of 5 potential reviewers, from different universities / institutions / countries than author's.

The papers will be elaborated only in English with Word text editor (minimum 6.0 version) double spaced and the rows must be numbered in A4 format, 21 cm wide and 29.7 cm high.

Page setup (File/Page Setup) will be done with the margins (Margins): top 3.5 cm; bottom 2.5 cm; left 2.5 cm; right 2.5 cm. The final text form will comprise:

1. The English title of the paper, in TNR 12 Bold, center; capitalize the first letter of all words, except for articles, prepositions and conjunctions that are not the first word. Title should be clear, descriptive/relevant and concise. Do not use an abbreviation, except for common terminology.

2. The names of the authors in TNR 12 , no capitals for first name (except initial letter) and capitals for surname (family name), leaving one row from the title. The first name, middle initial and last name of each author should appear.

3. The name of the institution and its postal address will be edited, one space row down, in TNR 12 not bolded and aligned left. The e-mail of the person who wishes to receive the correspondence should also be mentioned. The affiliation should be provided in the following order: university (institution) name, faculty/department name, number and street name, city, country; email address.

Please fill in all contact data (including e-mail address and capital editing of the family name, in the appropriate fields) when you submit online your article: 'Step 3' in the submission process, 'Enter metadata'. All data in 'Enter metadata' fields and the manuscript have to be similar, for all co-authors.

4. The word Abstract will be edited in TNR 12 bold, leaving one row space from the address. The text will be edited not bolded. The summary (abstract) should be clear, descriptive, and self-explanatory, count 200-250 words and have a structured form, i.e. reflect the structure of article (background, material and methods, results, conclusion), but with no subdivisions, abbreviations, footnotes or references.

5. One row space down from the Abstract, the words Keywords should be written in TNR 12 and Italic. Five to seven words (not bolded) shall be mentioned, in alphabetical order, separated with comma, and they should not repeat the title of the manuscript.

6. The paper text will be edited in TNR 12, one row down from the Keywords. The text (paragraphs) will have a 1.25 cm tab and will be edited wholly in Justify alignment. The scientific content of the paper will be elaborated so as to be structured (if possible) comprising: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussions, Conclusions, (Acknowledgment), References. All these subtitles will be align left and typed in Times New Roman 12, Italics. There will be a row space above and under each subtitle (12 Font Size). The papers will be written in an impersonal mode.

Introduction. The Introduction should explain the purpose of the work that was done and give the background needed to understand the study.

Materials and Methods. In Materials and methods give enough information to indicate how the research was conducted. Well-known tests or procedures should be cited, but not described in detail. Describe any controls and the statistical procedures. Methods should be detailed enough to permit replication of the work. For manuscripts submitted from biomedical areas methods should include information about the: study design (randomized controlled trial, case series, etc.); selection and description of participants, including the number of study subjects. Avoid the names of commercial products, instead state clearly the active ingredient, chemical formula or purity.

Results and Discussion. The Results section contains the results of research given in detail, with tables and figures as needed. The Discussions section should not contain a repeat of the results, but should explain the meaning of the findings and place the results in the context of other studies and concepts. Please provide reviews in support and contradiction of your results. There should be at least 10-20 relevant reviews, in order to compare the results with other researchers. Please also explain how the results relate to previous findings, whether in support, contradiction, or simply as added data. The scientific denominations (genus, species, etc.) will be typed in Italics. The name of the cultivars will be enclosed in single quotation marks.

Conclusions. State only conclusions that are directly supported by the evidence and the implications of the findings in one-paragraph.

Acknowledgements. Quick thanks should be mention only to the fund providers or supporters.

7. If tables or figures are included, the text of the title and the explanations will be edited in TNR 12 (see details presented in Model).

8. The References should be typed after a one row space and will comprise only the quoted authors, in alphabetical and chronological order. The first author will have his surname followed by the initial(s) of their first name(s), and the other authors will have the same. Following the name(s) of the author(s), give the year of publication, in parentheses. Titles should be lowercase except for the first word, proper names, or certain foreign-language conventions. For non-English publications, give the original title followed by its translation into English in square brackets. Do not italicize publication titles. Give the volume number in Arabic numerals, followed by the issue number (if available) in Arabic numerals in parentheses. The pagination of the publication follows (please use ‘-’, not ‘–’), connected to the volume number and/or issue number by a colon, and all closed up (no spaces): 96(5):645-648. The journal name should not be abbreviated.
All references in the bibliographic list must correspond to in-text references and vice versa.

9. Specific examples of citations:

(Journal Articles)

Chun OK (2005). Daily consumption of phenolics and total antioxidant capacity from fruit and vegetables in the American diet. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis 85(2):1715-1724.

Harker FR, Marsh KB, Young H, Murray SH, Gunson FA, Walker SB (2002). Sensory interpretation of instrumental measurements: sweet and acid taste of apple fruit. Postharvest Biology and Technology 24:241-250.

Treutter D (2001). Biosynthesis of phenolic compounds and its regulation in apple. Plant Growth Regulation 34(1):71-89.

Usenik V (2004). Flavonols of leaves in relation to apple scab resistance. Acta Horticulturae 29(2):217-230.

Wolfe K (2003). Antioxidant activity of apple peels. Food Chemistry 51(3):609-614.

Adler PT, Carter ZHT, Dougherty L, Stanley Z, Schacht R, Robert M, . . . Smyth RG (2004). Nutrition facts and analysis for apple juice. Scientia Horticulturae 24:134-141.

*(When there are eight or more authors, include the first 6 authors’ names followed by an ellipsis (. . .) and the final author's name)

*References in other languages than English:

Mozart A, Johannes SB (2009). Erfahrungen der Kursteilnehmerkrankenschwestern, [Experiences of the student nurse]. Krankenpflegejournal 10:100-120.

(For non-English publications, give the original title followed by its translation into English in square brackets)

*References with doi:

Bostok M (2011). Apple crop. In: Frank E (Ed). Organic apples.  doi:10.3218/7853/8922.666.261.

Miura A (2012). The effect of foliar fertilization on apple. Horticulture Review Papers

Preece T, Student KJ, Lauer NH, Dovell D (2011). Comparative genome analysis provides insights into the evolution and adaptation of Pseudomonas syringae on apple. PLoS One 5(4), e10224.


Abbot MC (2010). Molecular cell biology. Academic Press (4th ed), San Diego.

Donovan B, Clarke P (2011). Apple breeding. London, Rutledge.

(Book Chapter)

Bolder AG (2004). Apples. In: Janick J, Moore JN (Eds). Advances in fruit breeding. California Univ Press, West Lafayette, Indiana pp 3-37.

Smith S, Johnson T (2007). Health benefits of apple. In: Knippe J (Ed). Apple production. Frenchs Press NSW Pearson Education Australia pp 198-240.

(Proceedings Paper)

Brandell CJ, Morris DA, Taylor PL (2000). Advances in watermelon fertility. In: Moss JR, Stephen K, Seppard D (Eds). Proceedings of the Society for Horticultural Sciences 1999 Conference. Sydney: Springer pp 213-219.

Morris AJ, Hardy BK (2011). Organic and integrated fruit production systems. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Genotype-Ecotype Relationships. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands pp 112-134.

(Reports, web-sources)

Department of Agriculture (2012). German agricultural statistics for 2001. Germany Dept Agr München. Retrieved 2012 Febr 12  from

PCADPP (2013). Presidential Commission on Agricultural Development Public Policy - The National Strategic Framework for sustainable development of the agro-alimentary sector (in Romanian). Retrieved 2013 May 12 from

(Thesis or Dissertation)

Pall V (2012). Contributions to decision support systems for the evaluation and use of agricultural lands. PhD Thesis, Corvinus Univ, Budapest.

Trumann JD (2014). Optimization of tissue culture techniques and Agrobacterium mediated transformation in wheat. MSc Dissertation, University of Edinburgh

Video presentation - OJS: Submission of articles

Practical guide to prepare a scientific paper:


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (in addition, Author Statement completed is required).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, and exemplified in our model.
  6. Author Statement printed, completed and signed with blue pen; the Author Statement must be scanned and then uploaded as a supplementary file in the submission process. Please note: Articles submitted will not be considered without Author Statement!

Copyright Notice

Papers published in Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca will be Open-Access articles distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 0.00 (EUR)

Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca (NBHA-CN) is an Open Access Journal, which is free to access and read on the Internet.
Submission of articles is free.

Language-Editing Services: 0.00 (EUR)

  • Language-Editing Services
  • Publication Charges: 200.00 (EUR)

    Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca is an Open Access Journal, which is free to access and read on the Internet.
    Submission of articles is free.
    For accepted papers, there is an article processing charge to cover production and administrative costs. Article Processing Charges (APC) are to be paid by the authors/institution of authors of a paper only and once the paper is accepted for publication in this journal.
    Authors will be assessed the following fees:
    • Article charges: 200 Euro per article (maximum six journal pages, approx. 600-800 words per one full text journal page).
    • Supplementary page charges: 50 Euro per page, for each page in excess of six.
    • Color charges: Additional charges are not assessed for the printing of graphics/images in full color.

    Authors could be charged for excessive alterations on proofs and submission of revised files after the article has been transmitted to the printer.


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